Pet waste is a significant source of pathogens like fecal coliform and E. coli that can cause disease. If pet waste is not cleaned up, stormwater sweeps up bacteria and delivers them straight to streams, rivers and lakes.
Elevated bacteria levels in water can cause health problems when swimming, boating or wading in contaminated water. Symptoms can include gastrointestinal problems and rashes. Pet waste also contains nutrients that foster weed and algae growth.
This is an active problem in Bloomington. Nine Mile Creek is listed on Minnesota’s impaired waters list for E-coli. The easiest way to solve this problem is to scoop the poop. Remember to bring baggies with you on your walks and tie baggies to your leash. Spread the word to help educate others: Too much pet waste is not a natural compost; it is a serious pollutant in lakes and streams.